Certificates of Occupancy

Follow the steps outlined below to obtain a residential, temporary or commercial Certificate of Occupancy.

Residential Certificate of Occupancy
This document certifies that the residence has received an approved final inspection by a city inspector. A Residential Certificate of Occupancy (CO) or a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) must be obtained before a residence may be occupied.

To receive your certificate, schedule a Final Inspection online through Citizen Access at https://permits.ci.lenexa.ks.us/CitizenAccess/ or call Customer Service at 913.477.7500. A separate application is not required and no fees are associated with the certificate. Once the residence has been approved, the CO/final inspection ticket will be left on site for the owner and/or builder.

Temporary Certificate of Occupancy

The building inspector will sometimes recommend a TCO allowing occupancy before approving a final inspection for the completion of landscape items or when unique circumstances prevent complete code compliance (as long as there are no hazards or life safety violations). The issuance of a TCO is up to the discretion of the Building Codes Administrator.

How to obtain a TCO:

  • Complete an Application for Temporary Certificate of Occupancy. A copy of the final inspection notice must accompany the completed application. The Building Codes Administrator will review the application and, if approved, will issue a TCO.
  • If your project is not completed by the TCO expiration date, you may request an extension by completing an extension request form. We will review your request and contact you with a new expiration date or reasons for denial of your request. A $100 fee for initial issuance is due at the time of application. First renewal is $250 and additional renewals are $500 each. No renewal fees are required for model homes occupied by the owner/developer provided there are no code deficiencies.
  • After completion of remaining construction or landscaping, and prior to the TCO expiration date, contact Building Inspections to arrange for a final inspection. When all items are completed and approved, a Certificate of Occupancy will be issued.
  • A TCO that is allowed to expire will be in violation of city ordinance. The permit holder and occupant/owner may be subject to penalties as determined by the courts.

For questions about obtaining a TCO, contact customer service at 913.477.7500.

Commercial Certificate of Occupancy

This document certifies that the occupant's business is in a properly zoned location and that the space has been inspected for building and life safety code compliance. All businesses located in Lenexa are required to obtain a commercial CO, and application must be made prior to occupancy.

How to obtain a commercial CO:

  • A business license and a CO must be obtained concurrently. The Business License application and the Certificate of Occupancy application are available online or by request at the Department of Community Development in City Hall. Submit the completed applications with any other required attachments.
  • A one time, non-refundable $100 fee is due at the time of CO application. The fee is waived if this application is accompanied by a Commercial Building Permit Application. Please contact Customer Service for business license fees.
  • It takes approximately ten working days to review the CO application. Once approved, we will contact you to schedule a time for an inspection. A building inspector and/or the fire department will perform the inspection. When all inspection items are approved, a CO and business license will be issued.
  • COs are also required for temporary uses such as special events and meetings. If additional space adjacent to an existing unit with a CO is to be occupied or used for storage, a separate CO will be required.
  • Certificates must be clearly displayed on the premises at all times.

For more information
Contact a customer service representative at 913.477.7500.